Fathom Resources (Fathom) has over five years of experience specifically managing vessel call ins and observer deployments on scallop vessels throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Fathom has also been managing the deployment of observers for the at-sea monitoring program since October 2011. Fathom currently employs active status observers for both the industry funded scallop program and the at-sea monitoring. Fathom subcontracted NEFOP certified observers to assist NMFS accomplish mandated NEFOP coverage rates.
Fathom employs full time staff members for the sole purpose of ensuring proper execution of observer deployment. This includes the recruitment of new hires, conducting interviews and reference checks, efficient deployment, prompt communication with vessels, and all administrative items related to providing observer coverage.
Company Statement Regarding Ability to Carry Out Responsibilities and Duties of an Observer Provider:
High quality candidates are a top priority when recruiting individuals for commercial fisheries observers. Candidates undergo a rigorous process to ensure a proper fit as an observer. In addition to the submission of educational requirements, resume, and character references, Fathom staff conduct thorough interviews, via phone, video conference, or in person, to ensure candidates are qualified educationally, as well as physically and mentally. Fathom currently recruits observers through a variety of different media. These include: online advertising; wildlife and fisheries science job boards; networking through current observers; university marketing and job fairs.
Fathom is a small business offering employees the chance to become a part of a tight knit group of fisheries and marine science professionals. Fathom employs a variety of methods to encourage professional growth and observer retention. These include, but are not limited to: an extensive incentive program; awarding an annual bonus to observers every year they remain with the company in an active status; profit sharing; team building and social events to maintain a close relationship with employees.
Fathom’s mission is to provide NMFS with the highest data quality possible. Failure to collect factual, detailed and repeatable data on these projects hamper our client’s ability to comply with various regulatory and permitting requirements. As a result, Fathom is built upon successful acquisition of required data sets. The track record of Fathom and its staff to successfully carry out the task specific responsibilities and duties asked of our clients, in challenging offshore environments is second to none.